EuropeActive has successfully launched in cooperation with the Netherlands National Standards Organisation (NEN) a new club certification scheme known as FITcert.eu. This 5-stage scheme is the culmination of many technical experts working under the European Standards Organisation CEN direction to develop standards for clubs covering operations, management, customer service, supervision and fitness trainer qualifications.
Under the direction of CEN (The European Committee for Standardization) a Working Group of experts are urgently developing standards for operating and managing fitness clubs during an infectious outbreak – such as we are experiencing in the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, 19 November EuropeActive will host its annual International Standards Meeting (ISM), our main event for training providers, employers, practitioners and other key stakeholders in the fitness and wellness industry, which has become one of the most important vocational education events in Europe.
EuropeActive will launch the special e-learning package for operators and managers of fitness clubs to follow in September. The scheme is based on the new CEN European Standards for fitness facilities (EN17229 : 2019) The intention is for the new European standard to become the benchmark for all fitness clubs and for them to be used to improve business and confidence with members and users.
A further meeting of the Working Group developing standards for fitness centres took place in Brussels last week. The part 1 of the standards – now known as EN17229:2019 - were published last year and the new work is focussing on standards for the supervision of fitness centres.